Listen to the “At the cross” by Hillsong sung in French by Darlene
Scripture – Luke 20:13-16
13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’
14 “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
“What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”
These verses conclude the parable of the tenants, which Jesus was telling the people in the temple courts. This parable alludes to what was happening at the time – the rejection of the Son by the people; more specifically the teachers of the Law, who could be seen as the ‘tenants’ in Jesus’ parable. The greed of the tenants blinded them to the fact that they were blessed to be renting the vineyard from the man who planted it. It drove them to murder.
We need a savior. We need to recognize our sinfulness. We need to accept that we have all rejected Jesus at some point. It is easy to read some of the stories Jesus told and think to ourselves how awful those Pharisees and teachers of the Law were, yet we must remember we all have the capacity to be as blind and ignorant as those in the parables. It is only through the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to live with a humble and contrite disposition, embracing our frailty and accepting our total dependence on Jesus who is the only way to truly live.
Father, I know I need you. Thank you for making the kingdom of heaven available to sinners like me through repentance and faith in your finished work on the cross. Help me to be sensitive to your spirit today, that I might be a light that is directing people’s attention to you. You are worthy of my all. I humbly ask that you would be tangibly present with me today. In Jesus’ name, amen.